Bill Clinton Just Can’t Stop The Lies

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Hyperbole is one thing but outright lying is another thing. Then again, it was Bill Clinton. At the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” speech, Bill Clinton said “a great democracy does not make it harder to vote than to buy an assault weapon. We must open those stubborn gates.”

Bill Clinton’s latest act of desperation to motivate the liberal base is to claim that voting is more difficult than purchasing an assault weapon. Now, I am not a Rhodes scholar like Bill, so why he continues to lie, I would like to look at the facts.

Voting in America today is one of the easiest tasks to do. It doesn’t cost anything but your time. There is no fee to vote and no product to buy.

Now, to purchase a firearm, you need money, need to provide identification, fill out an application, have a waiting period, register the firearm, get a license, etc. Bill Clinton knows this. Just like he knows it’s harder for him to stay faithful then tell the truth.

What is his problem? Is it voters should have ID? Can you open a bank account, write a check, rent a car, get a license, get on an airplane or even get a library card without a form of ID? Heck Bill, half the places I had to inspect as part of my job, I had to show my County ID AND my drivers license.

You know what else, Bill? It SHOULD be harder to qualify to cast a vote than just about anything else. The ramifications, effects, and number of people impacted is far greater in an election. Furthermore, there should be a competency test to establish a minimum intelligence threshold before casting a ballot. But, that may be asking to much.

Martin Luther King, Barack Obama and Music

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Fifty years ago today, Martin Luther King Jr. made a historic speech with a vision of a nation at racial peace. A sense of unity, promise and purpose was reflected in the music of the time. Songs like “A Change is Gonna Come”, “The Times They Are a Changing”, “This Little Light of Mine” and “Blowin’ in the Wind” were emotionally uplifting and can still grip the American mind with their inspirational words.

Half a century later, what has happened to music? Today’s degradation of music to something called rap, where lyrics are filled with bitches and hoes and the dreaded n-word (I won’t say or write the word and lower myself to Jay-Z’s level) must make Martin Luther King roll over in his grave.

Speaking of Jay-Z, Remember when Obama had Jay-Z (and Springsteen) campaign for him in Ohio? Obama said “They tell the story of what our country is, but also of what it should be and what it can be.” I saw a big problem with that on so many levels.

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The rap-music world has persisted for years with scarcely any complaint from today’s civil-rights leaders and here we have a president who sides with one of the biggest users of the n-word. For what? A campaign boost?

His failure to denounce these lyrics for the damage they do to poor and minority families is a disgrace to Martin Luther King’s dream. A president that wants to “keep it real” with a celebrity who claims to be the ‘illest (n-word) alive’ sends the wrong message to our youth.

What has happened to Martin Luther King’s dream? What has happened to us? Have we squandered our hope? Can we, as a nation, regain our sense of promise? After 50 years, we can see the answer. But sadly, we can’t catch it. The answer is still blowin’ in the wind.

Who’s Lying Now?

Do you remember the liberal mantra “there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq?” They are suspiciously silent right now as Obama is about to launch military strikes against Syria’s Assad. But, let’s assume there are WMD in Syria. Having researched this, I believe that to be the case.

That brings up some very serious questions.

First…Where did Syria get them?

Remember how the left jeered at the idea that weapons of mass destruction were moved FROM Iraq TO Syria? Even though there were satellite images clearly showing caravans of heavy trucks moving SOMETHING out of Iraq and across the border into Syria. 

Now, that there are chemical weapons being used in Syria, that brings up the second dire question.

Who is using them?

Yesterday, Obama trotted out the Vietnam war traitor, John Kerry, to tell us all “What is before us today is real, and it is compelling.” Kerry added, “Our sense of basic humanity is offended not only by this cowardly crime but also by the cynical attempt to cover it up.”

Well, John Kerry should never use the words ‘cover up’ when working for an administration that successfully covered up Fast and Furious and is actively covering up Benghazi. To John Kerry I say that I am offended by the cowardly crime of four dead Americans being covered up. Sorry, I digressed.

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Back to Kerry stating that evidence was “clear” and “undeniable” that the Syrian regime had used chemical agents. What Kerry chose not to do was tell anybody what is that “clear and undeniable” evidence. That’s the problem with this administration. It is full of good speech makers that don’t saying anything of substance.

Assad says it wasn’t him. It wasn’t his military using gas to attack anyone and called it “absurd” that chemical weapons would be used by his regime when his military was active in the area of the attacks. He stated, “Would any state use chemical or any other weapons of mass destruction in a place where its own forces are concentrated? That would go against elementary logic.”

My final two questions are, “if Assad is using chemical weapons, why would he allow the U.N. inspectors to access the areas where the attacks took place?”  and given the fact that Assad did allow those inspectors in yesterday, “who exactly fired upon those inspectors? The area is held by the rebels and there would be no reason for Assad to even attempt to deter inspectors that could clear him. Think about it.

And, think about this – Obama wanted Gaddafi out. Gaddafi was replaced in Libya by al-Qaeda. Obama wanted Mubarak out. Mubarak was replaced by the Muslim Brotherhood. Now, he wants Assad out. Who are the rebels? Al-Qaeda and Ansar al-Sharia. 

This chemical WMD attack is the provocation Obama needs to launch military attacks against Assad to assist the Syrian “rebels” in their quest to oust Assad from power and replace him. Isn’t it strange that Obama dithered on Syria while 100,000 people have been killed with guns and mortars but now it’s a “moral obscenity” for 366 people to die at the hands of chemical weapons?

Where’s The Outrage?

President Obama said “You know, when Trayvon Martin was first shot,

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Well, Chris Lane could have been my son. Image

But the administration is silent. I will tell you why – Obama’s history.

When two police officers arrested Obama’s Harvard professor friend, who is black, Obama immediately denounced the action and suggested there was a racial motive. Before he knew the facts of the case, he brought up race. Obama called for a “dialogue on race” which proved to be a meaningless gesture. When Trayvon Martin, who is black, attacked George Zimmerman, Obama said nothing about the attack, but came out against the death of Martin, and once again, suggested that race was involved.

Obama, along with Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, the NAACP were so quick to condemn George Zimmerman calling his self-defense a “hate crime.” Yet, an Australian college student (read white) who was in our country on a baseball scholarship will never get to see his graduation day. He was gunned down, shot in the back by black teens who were bored.
A couple of Tweets from one of them proves he is racist. On April 29, he tweeted, “90% of white ppl are nasty. #HATE THEM.” On July 15, days after the George Zimmerman verdict, Edwards tweeted “Ayeee I knocced out 5 woods since Zimmerman court!:) lol shit ima keep sleepin shit! #ayeeee.” “Woods” is a derogatory term for white people. Yet, this was not considered a hate crime???

The left’s selective outrage on racial violence is sickening.  Jesse Jackson tweeted about the Chris Lane murdered and wrote that this kind of  violence should be “frowned upon.” That means there’s no money in it for Jesse. Meanwhile, Al Sharpton said that he only protests when there’s an injustice and that this wasn’t racial. Which means there’s no publicity or money in it for him, either.

You know what I frown upon? That these two are Baptist ministers.

Sadly, this is the level of selective “outrage” we can expect from those who usually are the most vocal.

An easy solution would be to make ALL murder a hate crime. After all, isn’t killing another human being hateful?

Obama’s own study proved him wrong on gun violence

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This is a huge blow to the Obama administration, but you wouldn’t know it by the lack of media attention. In January, Obama issued a Presidential Memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence. He was looking to the CDC report for support on how to reduce the threat of firearm-related violence through more legislation restricting the rights of American citizens. Since I haven’t heard Obama or know-nothing puppet Jay Carney speak of the findings, I assume he is sorely disappointed with the results.
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The study was completed in June and contained some surprises as the CDC study refuted nearly all the standard anti-gun narrative and supported many of the positions taken by gun owners and their supporters. The study was conducted for the years 2000 to 2010.
The conclusion showed that the majority of deaths (61%) were NOT due to criminal violence as this administration and anti-gun supporters keep touting, but were due to suicides. Of the remainder of incidents, guns used in defensive situations were as common as offensive use by criminals. In addition, of all unintentional deaths, guns accounted for less than 1%.
Furthermore, that more laws would result in less crime showed mixed results. This included background checks, restrictions on firearms and increased penalties for illegal gun use.
The “turn-in” programs were labelled as “ineffective” in reducing crime. Most criminals obtain their guns from friends, family members and gang members which are well outside of any influence from gun controls on legitimate gun owners.
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As horrible and tragic mass shootings are, the report noted mass shootings have declined and account for a very small fraction of all firearm-related deaths. I did find a most interesting statistic. The U.S. rate of firearm-related homicide is 19.5 times higher than the rates in other high-income countries. However, if one excludes Illinois, California, New Jersey and Washington D.C., the homicide rate in the United States would fall in line with any other country. These areas are noted for the most restrictive gun laws in the country which negates Obama celebrating any findings in the report.
Back in 2003, Americans owned an estimated 192 million guns. Today that number is over 300 million. An increase of 55% of legally-owned guns has not increased the need for more legislation. Evidence shown  by Obama’s own study showed  that additional gun control measures were unjustified to reduce gun violence.
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So, let’s enforce what’s already on the books and go after criminals and not law-abiding American citizens.

So, Nixon Turned Me Into A Democrat. Then, What Happened?

It was easy to switch political parties. Nixon had failed. Gerald Ford became president and gave Nixon a full and unconditional pardon. Whether that should have happened or not is up for debate. I don’t think it should have happened but I was bothered by how it happened.

To me, it sure seemed shady that after Spiro Agnew resigned, Nixon appointed Gerald Ford as Vice President. Nixon resigns making Ford president and a month later Nixon gets a pardon. Was a deal struck?

Along cam a peanut farmer from Georgia. Although a Democrat, to me he appeared to be a conservative Christian who promoted reorganizing government. He was interviewed by Playboy for the November 1976 issue and said: “I’ve looked on a lot of women with lust. I’ve committed adultery in my heart many times.” Wow! This guy is honest.

I think I still have this issue

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But, while in office he was a disaster. He created the Department of Energy and what happens? The Three Mile Island nuclear accident and a brutal gas crisis that had us on loooong lines/odd and even license plate days to buy gas/and $3.00 limits.  Strike one.

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Strike two: President Carter decided to boycott the 1980 Olympics in Moscow. I felt absolutely horrible for all the American athletes who trained for 4 years or more to represent our country, only to have this peanut-picker president use them to teach the Soviets a lesson for invading Afghanistan. A real bitch move!

But, what really busted this clown’s balloons Pennywise

was watching the news every night for over 400 nights and seeing Americans being held hostage in Iran. Watching these men be blindfolded or hooded and paraded before cameras was outrageous. The Ayatollah Khomeini commented that taking Americans hostage “…has united our people. Our opponents (Carter) do not dare act against us.”  Also, this was the first time I can recall seeing the American flag being burned. US_Iran A poorly planned rescue mission proved to be a total failure. Carter had authorized a rescue attempt that went horribly wrong with eight American soldiers dying and the mission being aborted.  Iranians found the mutilated bodies of some of the dead American soldiers, and their television cameras carried video of them being dragged through the streets. Strike three.

The American people and I lost faith in Jimmy Carter due to his poor leadership in times of these crises.

Republican Ronald Reagan announced that he would seek the nomination for the presidency. Reagan’s optimism in the midst of the national angst drew people to him. During one of the Presidential debates Reagan quipped:  “Recession is when you neighbor loses his job.  Depression is when you lose yours.  And recovery is when Jimmy Carter loses his.” Good one, right?

Seriously, what drew me to him was that immediately after Reagan took the Presidential Oath of Office on January 20, the hostages were flown out of Iran. After 444 days of captivity, they were coming home.

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I Used To Be A Democrat.

Then I got wise. Note that I said “wise”. I am not claiming to be smarter than any of my readers.

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Those that have known me since 1980 will be stunned by the news that at one time I was a Democrat. How did it start?

When I was a teenager in high school, the president was Richard Nixon. Our country was divided over our involvement in Vietnam and public opinion was that we made a mistake getting involved. Richard Nixon escalated America’s involvement in a war that people started to believe we could not win. Nixon had campaigned to end the war but lied and brought back the first draft lottery since World War II. He invaded Cambodia which was called the “Cambodian Incursion.” I guess that’s a nice way of saying he got another country involved in this damned war.

Demonstrations erupted at campuses across the country. At Kent State University in Ohio, the National Guard shot at unarmed college students. They killed four and wounded nine others, one who became permanently paralyzed.

I am sure you’ve seen the famous photo. PLEASE watch the video in its entirety. 

It was (and still is) quite impressionable. The girl in the picture was only 14 at the time and I was turning 13. The government called it The Kent State Shootings, when it was actually The Kent State Massacre. Shortly after the shootings took place, the Urban Institute conducted a national study that concluded the Kent State shooting was the single factor causing the only nationwide student strike in U.S. history; over 4 million students protested and over 900 American colleges and universities closed during the student strikes. The Kent State campus remained closed for six weeks.

The Nixon Administration was callous and indifferent calling anti-war protesters “bums”  and “pawns of foreign communists.”

Have you got another minute and a half to spare? Listen to the flip side (when we had albums) of “Ohio”. Not the original but it’s short and sweet and has David Gilmour (yes!). This was a time when lyrics meant something.

As a teenager, you don’t have much but you do have music. Nixon was trying to take some of my music away by having John Lennon deported. Why? Because he feared Lennon’s anti-war activities may cost him being re-elected. You mess with Lennon and you’re losing the youth vote. At least, he lost mine.

So, not even bringing up the Watergate issue, I had my reasons for following the Democratic Party.

My next blog will tell you why I have been a registered Republican although I am truly Independent – just like George Washington.